Women of Mettle ends on a sustainable note

November 5, 2014

Throughout 2014, the Upper Gwydir Landcare Association, Bingara has provided a series of exceptional workshops and seminars as part of its ‘Gwydir Women of Mettle: Forging Leaders 2014’ project.

The project that was launched in March by inspirational bushfire survivor Turia Pitt, has included informative events covering topics from social media, succession planning, health and wellbeing and cob oven making.

The last of these events for 2014 will include Sustainable Gardening with Jerry Coleby-Williams and Dave Carr on Wednesday 12th November at “Millgalarr”, 359 Allandale Road, Warialda at 10am.

Jerry is a curator, author, Director of the Seed Saver’s Network, and Patron of Householder’s Options for Protecting the Environment.

Inspired by his family of gardeners and farmers Jerry has been gardening since the age of four.

Initially trained with the Royal Horticultural Society, and in management with Brunel University, some years later he emerged from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the world’s foremost botanic garden, qualified in curation, horticultural estate management, soft landscape design, horticultural and botanical sciences.

Once in Australia, Jerry managed the botanical estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, (Sydney Gardens) Australia’s oldest scientific organization as well as the arboretum at Government House, and the Sydney Domain for over eleven years. His greatest gardening challenge was grooming the Sydney Gardens (1999 – 2000) in readiness for hosting some of the Olympic Games.

In 2003 Jerry founded ‘Bellis’, an award-winning, thrifty, sustainable house and garden in Brisbane. Bellis has been part of Open Gardens Australia since 2007.

He has been a presenter on our only national television gardening show, ‘Gardening Australia’ for over thirteen years. He has been a regular guest on talk back radio gardening shows such as ABC 2BL, 702 and ABC New England North West since 1995.

Jerry is a ‘horticultural schizophrenic’ equally at home sipping tea in a high Victorian conservatory or manuring an allotment. As a Guerrilla Nursery Gardener he grows native and productive trees for people to plant in barren public open spaces.

In regular demand as a public speaker and horticultural judge to a multitude of gardening societies from Cairns to Melbourne, it is indeed a great coup that UGLA has been able to secure him for the workshop on the 12th November.

Ecosystems will also be addressed as part of the workshop. David Carr is a specialist in ecological restoration. He will be talking about the similarities between garden ecosystems, farm and natural ecosystems.

The workshop on the 12th November is open to anyone with an interest in gardening, from the novice to the most seasoned professional. All members of the community are invited to attend.

The UGLA ‘Gwydir Women of Mettle: Forging Leaders 2014’ project celebrates the formidable strength and resilience of women. The project has been generously funded by the Australian Government initiative Caring For Our Country. The Sustainable Gardening Workshop has been supported by Bingara Community College.

Book Online NOW!Tickets to the workshop on the 12th November are $15 and includes catering. Bookings can be made online or by tel: 67 242 052. Further information at www.ugla.com.au

Jerry will also be presenting tips on how to create a more sustainable garden on Thursday November 13 from 9:30am at ‘Tycolah Cottage’, Carisbrooke Rd, Cobbadah.

For bookings please call Sue Craig – Community College tel: 02 6724 1965.